Our beginnings help to shape us. Cleveland Public Library is a one-stop source for Clevelanders in search of their ancestors. Visit the Center for Local and Global History Department at Main Library for assistance or join us for Uncovering Our Roots: A Three-part African American Genealogy Workshop Series starting Wednesday, February 2 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required. Genealogist expert Dr. Deborah Abbott will provide step-by-step instructions on how to use records to help connect to ancestors and analyze research.
Part One: Introduction to Genealogy
Are you curious about finding out about your ancestors but don’t know where to begin? Does the cost of genealogy databases scare you away from joining millions of researchers in America’s most favorite hobby? Join us to learn the basics of genealogical research. This first 90-minute workshop, led by professional genealogist and expert Dr. Deborah A. Abbott, aims to provide introductory historical context, show you how to use the US Federal Census data, and recommend basic research methods to pursue African American family history.
Wednesday, February 2 I 6:00-7:30pm
PART 2: The Importance of Necessary Records & Other Sources
The smallest piece of information found on a necessary record could be the clue needed to solve one or more of the mysteries surrounding your family history. Join us for a deeper dive in this 90-minute genealogy workshop, led by professional genealogist and expert Dr. Deborah A. Abbott, to learn how to utilize birth, marriage, divorce, and death records to help connect family members, and friends to their ancestors.
Wednesday, February 9 I 6:00-7:30pm
PART 3: Strategies & Techniques Tracking a Family from Slavery to Freedom
The most difficult part of African American research is finding and identifying enslaved ancestors and their owners. After the thorough basic introductory resources in part one and part two, discover some recommended next steps in this 90-minute workshop, led by professional genealogist and expert Dr. Deborah A. Abbott. During this workshop, we will focus on the importance of analyzing the information clues and resources to pursue the genealogical and local history resources helpful in African American ancestry research.
Wednesday, February 16 I 6:00-7:30pm